Here’s to a Healthier Holiday Season

Background Off the heels of Halloween and on the verge of upcoming holidays like Diwali, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah, now is the perfect time for us to go over some key strategies to maximize enjoyment and minimize damage to your waistline and overall health.  Our nutrition expert, Prerna Uppal, has kindly penned a nice post highlighting some typical ways we keep ourselves and our patients healthy through the holiday season.  You will also be rewarded at the end of the

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Prioritizing Your Health In and Outside of Work

One of the biggest challenges we face is prioritizing our health above all else.  We can blame work, we can blame our children’s busy schedule,  or some other life circumstance, but in the end each of us has ample time to make significant changes that can heal our minds and bodies.  I saw a patient a few months ago who struggled with insulin resistance and an autoimmune condition.  She was a busy working mother who struggled to take better care

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Calcium Doesn’t Prevent Osteoporosis and Improve Bone Health. Find Out What Does

Background Even if you’re not interested in bone health, I encourage you to read this entire article since it outlines a fatal conceptual flaw that physicians, scientists, nutritionists and the rest of the public keep getting sucked into which influences their health and nutrition decisions in a profoundly negative way.  I’m going to call this the fallacy of “Direct Translational Nutrition” or DTN.  We’ll come back to this concept of DTN after I introduce a case study. Also be sure


Serving Up Some Rice Advice

Intro Those of you who follow my blog and have read my book know my stance on rice already.  I’m not anti-rice and I personally consume rice conscientiously and strategically with great results. However, back when I had insulin resistance with significant metabolic syndrome, untethered rice intake would have made my health spiral further downward.  I no longer have these issues, so thoughtful rice intake has had no adverse consequences on my health and I enjoy rice more than ever.


Coconut Oil: A Scientific Review and Our Clinical Insights On Its Use

We get flooded with questions about coconut oil in the clinic.  Many folks have been raised to think coconut oil is the central culprit in the cast of dietary characters responsible for heart disease and chronic disease. Used sensibly, coconut oil can be a powerfully effective nutritional tool in our quest to improve body composition and reverse diseases.  Medical student, Nihaal Karnik  reviews the research behind coconut oil, and then our clinical dietician Prerna Uppal and I will share some


Are Your Batteries Low? It’s Time to Recharge with My Free E-book on Fatigue!

Get Your Energy Back! I was recently in the UK on sabbatical, working on my 2nd book when I received an e-mail from a patient that made me completely shift from writing my 2nd book to producing a free e-book.  An excerpt is below and I did change a few specifics, to keep it anonymous, including the name at the end.   Dear Dr. Sinha, I have diligently followed all of your lifestyle recommendations in the book and during our


An Exercise Our Asian and Indian Ancestors Used to Do That Burns Fat and Slows Down Aging

Origins of Squatting Squats originated in India and Asia, long before the age of furniture.  Squatting made life easier as it gave people the freedom to “sit” wherever they choose; have dinner without a table and chairs, play dice in the street, read a book or take a coffee break.  Aside from convenience, there are tremendous health benefits to squatting which I’ll review.  I’ve also included a special squat video filmed and produced by my kids, followed by some other

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Where’s Your Body Fat? A Look at Body Shapes and Health Risks Across Different Ethnic Groups-Indians, Asians, Caucasians, etc.

Background The global obesity crisis has traditionally been focused on body weight and body mass index (aka BMI) rather than body shape and composition.  Weight and BMI are blunt tools that can identify more obvious health risks, but unfortunately they miss the more subtle manifestations of dangerous and often hidden visceral adipose tissue (aka “VAT”). VAT, unlike subcutaneous adipose tissue (aka “SAT”), is actually quite hidden in particular ethnic groups like South Asians/Indians and East Asians.  These are typically folks


Can Good Nutrition Halt Cancer Growth?

  The following post is written by Prerna Uppal, MS, RD, CDE Background on Cancer My passion for wellness and disease prevention always inspired me to look for ways to live well, not just physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually too.  This desire to understand how we must use a holistic approach to be in optimal health, led me to question the cause of chronic diseases; As a registered dietitian, I naturally delved deeper into the science of foods and

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Protecting Your Children From the Dangers of Lead Poisoning

The following article is written by pediatrician, Dr. Shally Sinha and exposes the dangers of lead poisoning. Maggi Noodles and Lead Poisoning Cases in My Clinic You’ve probably heard that Maggi noodles, a staple food in nearly every Indian household, was recently found to contain lead.  Many Indian-American children in Boston were being diagnosed with lead poisoning and the FDSA (Food and Drug Safety Administration) took notice.  Scientists set out to find where the lead might be coming from, and


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